June 19, 2012
WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain renewed calls Monday for US military action against Syria’s regime and said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are increasingly deploying attack helicopters against rebels.
Regime infantry and snipers have given way to tanks, artillery and attack helicopters as Assad seeks to crush a 15-month uprising, McCain said in a speech at a Washington think tank, the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute.
“We are now seeing a rapid increase in Assad’s use of helicopter gunships,” he said.
“Whereas his forces once sought to clear and hold ground, they now appear to be under orders just to kill anyone and everyone they deem a threat.